Start By Believing
Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign uniquely focused on the public response to sexual assault. Because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical— a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes.
Because rapists attack an average of six times, one failed response can equal five more victims. Start by Believing will lead the way toward stopping this cycle, by creating a positive community response, informing the public, uniting allies and supporters, and improving our personal reactions. The goal is to change the world, and outcomes for victims, one response at a time.
In Caldwell, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office recently announced the opening of their remodeled room for interviewing victims. They call it the Start by Believing room, a warm and safe space where detectives, victim witness coordinators, prosecutors and victims can meet for interviews and prepare for court. The team wants victims to feel supported during each stage of the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving sexual assault and domestic violence.